By Peter L. Johnson and Stephen L. CookSource Fox Sports cover story Airliners are preparing to buy train technology to compete with high-speed rail and other high-capacity rail vehicles.
A consortium led by the Airline Pilots Association is seeking $100 million in funding to develop a new high-frequency rail system to connect major cities.
The project is part of a larger initiative to develop high-demand rail that could be built in the next 10 to 20 years.
The consortium is also seeking to partner with local and state governments, which will be responsible for planning, operation and maintenance of the system.
The goal is to have the trains be able to run on demand at speeds of between 1,000 and 1,300 miles per hour, and a train traveling at up to 200 miles per day.
A high-powered, fully automated train traveling with a capacity of up to 1,500 passengers would be able travel at speeds up to 3,000 miles per year.
High-speed trains are already being used to shuttle passengers between major cities such as Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
But many of the trains on the high-fidelity model are still not ready to take off.
Some of the major cities have high operating costs and are reluctant to spend billions of dollars to upgrade their aging infrastructure.
The Airline Pilot Association is one of the organizations that are part of the consortium.
Its founder, John B. Stovall, is a former CEO of Transcontinental Airlines.
He has been working on a high-end high-density train technology since at least 2011.
The consortium is seeking to build the first train in the 2020s and a second train in 2021.
“We are looking at the high capacity rail, or rail that can handle an extra 200 miles an hour, that will be a significant improvement over our current train technology,” Stovill said.
“We think it’s a huge leap forward.”
The consortium has received $50 million in private funding and $200 million from the federal government, according to a press release.
The government has agreed to help the consortium pay for its infrastructure costs, but the consortium says it’s not required to do so.
The group’s plan is to use high-tech materials and materials that are easier to make, so it could be a decade before it becomes feasible for a high capacity train to be built.
It says it expects to have some train technology ready to go within a year or two.